Braves awaits Freeman's test tests; pitch struck his wrist

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

The manager didn't expect Stroman to provide such a lift with his bat, though. He hit a home run with (the Braves holding) a five-run lead and throws the bat around.

"We couldn't find anybody that could do what Freddie does", Coppolella said.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, whose wrist was broken Wednesday by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays' Aaron Loop and is in a cast, opens a piece of bubble gum in the dugout during the first inning of the teams' baseball game Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Atlanta.

All of it was overshadowed by an injury to Freddie Freeman.

The team says it will formulate plans to work with the LGBTQ community."Hopefully my teammates, Major League Baseball, other sports ... people are going to learn there is no place for this type of language on a baseball field, at home, in a clubhouse".To call the Braves 2017 season a roller coaster to this point would be an understatement.The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended player Kevin Pillar after he used an anti-gay slur during a game.

Teheran hit Jose Bautista with a pitch in the first inning, a day after Bautista's bat flip following a home run drew criticism from the Braves. The second pitch hit Bautista's thigh. Jace Peterson shouted something at Bautista as he rounded first base, and Suzuki exchanged words with the Blue Jays slugger after he touched home plate.

Bautista had two hits, including a double. He has given up 17 runs over 15 innings in three consecutive home losses.

"I regret saying it", Pillar told reporters at SunTrust Park a few hours before the finale of a four-game series against the Braves. The club recently released veteran Ryan Howard, who was thought to be an insurance policy for Freeman before hitting a miserable.184 in 11 games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He worked six innings of two-run ball, his sixth quality start in eight outings this season.

With all that has transpired, Atlanta's Julio Teheran (3-3, 4.08 ERA) and Toronto's Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.38 ERA) will try to bring order on Thursday. Atlanta jumped all over Joe Biagini (1-2) the first time up, taking advantage of two walks and a throwing error by the Jays starter. "This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself". "I didn't do my job". I know home has been a little weird, but I don't want to put that in my mind. "I don't know what is happening". He appeared to be in pain as he ran the bases and didn't return in the bottom of the inning. The team said he has a possible left shoulder subluxation.

"He's a good athlete and he thinks he can do it", Gibbons said.

Atlanta placed third baseman Adonis Garcia on the disabled list with Achilles tendinitis before Wednesday's game.

Freeman was Atlanta's most productive hitter. He has made starts at second base, shortstop, third base and left field. The first was Mark Hendrickson back in June of 2003 at Montreal.

Dwight Smith Jr., the son of the former outfielder who played for four teams, including the Braves, was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Pillar on the roster.

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